Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ Indians: Today’s lineups and post-ASG rotation
Posted Jul 8, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 8, 2012 at 12:10 PM
CLEVELAND Joe Maddon announced this rotation coming out of the All-Star Break and it is: Hellickson, Price, Shields, Cobb and Moore.
Shields is being pushed back to the Sunday game against the Red Sox, because Maddon wants to give him some rest. The Rays expect Price to pitch one inning in Tuesday’s All-Star Game so they want to give him a rest, as well.
With this order, Maddon gets to split the lefties – Price and Moore – and avoid having Hellickson and Cobb pitch on consecutive days to the same team.
In other news, Desmond Jennings was dropped down the lineup to seventh today. Maddon said we might see more of that in the second half until Jennings shakes the funk that has gripped him since he returned from the disabled list. Jennings is hitting .198 since coming off the DL on June 5. He was hitting .265 before spraining his knee and missing 21 games.
Elliot Johnson, who is one of the more productive bats in the lineup, is batting leadoff today. We might see more of that, as well, in the second half.
Price said he hasn’t heard anything about whether he will start Tuesday’s All-Star Game, so he doesn’t think he will.
Here are the lineups for the final game before the break …
Shields RHP (8-5, 4.11)
McAllister (3-1, 3.93)